Monday may be bringing temperatures in the 80s, but there are also chances of showers and thunderstorms later in the afternoon and evening, forecasters say.
What’s more, “a few of the stronger storms could produce large hail and damaging winds” and any locally heavy rain would lead to urban and poor drainage flooding, said a hazardous outlook statement from the National Weather Service.
Areas to the north have better chances for those more severe conditions, but the Island could still see isolated strong to severe storms, said Faye Morrone, weather service meteorologist in Upton. The most likely timing is for 4 to 8 or 9 p.m., said Joe Pollina, also a weather service meteorologist.
Look for a “passing shower, maybe a brief storm,” said Rich Von Ohlen, News 12 meteorologist, pointing to around 5 to 8 p.m. for timing.
Those temperatures, though! Areas along the North Shore made it up to the low 80s, with Long Island MacArthur Airport hitting 80 degrees around 1 p.m.
The normal high for the day at the Ronkonkoma airport is 69 degrees, with 51 the normal low. (And, as a side note, it was on this day back in 1996 that temps soared to 98.)
The last time the airport reached 80 was last year on Sept. 19. And, statistically speaking, it’s coming a bit late this year, as May 7 is the average date for temps to pass 79.
Long Island can welcome mostly sunny skies Tuesday and Wednesday, with highs around 70 degrees, "two beautiful days," Von Ohlen said.
Thursday is mostly cloudy with some passing showers, he said, as Friday is looking at mostly sunny skies.
As for the long Memorial Day weekend, with temperatures in the 70s expected – look for sun and clouds Saturday, Von Ohlen said. Add a chance for a few showers overnight, then sun and clouds for Sunday, also with a chance of showers. Monday was expected to be partly sunny, with showers at night.